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Perhaps freshman Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan is correct and pollsters are once again severely undercounting Donald Trump’s level of support. The president carried her district by seven points, so she’s feeling endangered and it makes sense for her to plan for the worst. Or perhaps New York Times polling expert Nate Cohn is correct: “Right now, it’s extremely simple: the public has reached a harshly negative judgment of the president’s handling of the most important issue facing the country, and the issue is so paramount that there’s little room to wiggle out of it.” Cohn compares the COVID-19 pandemic to a world war and says Trump resembles Neville Chamberlain. Personally, I’d be more inclined to compare Trump to the early Union generals who Abraham Lincoln could not convince to fight. I might go farther and say Trump reminds me of Benedict Arnold who switched sides in the Revolutionary War and started helping the enemy.

Where I definitely side with Cohn is when he tries to imagine what might change to make this presidential race into a closer contest.

Cohn concludes, “At this point, improvement would involve a change in either conditions or his conduct. At the moment, I don’t see good signs for him on either front.”

Of the two variables, it’s more likely that conditions will improve than Trump will make a meaningful change in his behavior. It seems more plausible to me that an 100 percent cure-all COVID-19 vaccine will arrive in everyone’s mailbox by the end of next week than that Trump will suddenly begin treating this virus with the seriousness and respect displayed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

What I see is a coming fiasco with the Republican convention, followed by a continued worsening of the viral outbreak, culminating in a revolt by parents who are furious that it’s still not safe to send their kids back to school. It’s quite possible that even the stock market will conspire against Trump in the end, but even if it continue to defy gravity, the basic economic conditions in the country are going to be horrible in November, and trust in Trump to handle any kind of crisis will be an all-time low.

My best guess is that every day for the rest of the campaign is going to worse for Trump than the last. And that means every day will technically be the worst day of Trump’s political life.

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